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Otsego Chamber energy policy

Otsego Chamber Policy Declares Independence Regarding Energy Issues

Otsego Chamber Policy

Declares Independence

Regarding Energy Issues

Renewables Supported,

But Decompressor, Too

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Barbara Ann Heegan addresses chamber Energy Summit in January. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County businesspeople support all energy options – renewables, yes, but also the controversial decompressor station proposed for West Oneonta – states a county Chamber of Commerce “Energy & Infrastructure Policy” released in the past few days.

The statement came bottom-up from the Oneonta-based organization’s countywide membership, said Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who also chairs the Economic Development Committee of the county board’s Energy Task Force.  “They (chamber members) collectively shared that they want their voices heard,” Heegan added.

With businesspeople worried their perspectives would not be reflected in the Energy Task Force’s conclusions, Heegan said work began on the statement soon after county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Mount Vision, announced the Energy Task Force membership at the chamber’s Energy Summit in January at The Otesaga.

Renewables, Yes, But Decompressor As Well


Renewables, Yes, But

Decompressor As Well

Kathleen O’Donnell, the retired Hartwick College professor and a Concerned Citizen of Oneonta, was among attendees at the Chamber’s Energy Summit in January. Second from left is Tracy Allen, SUNY Oneonta dean of sciences. ( photo)

Editor’s Note: The Otsego County Chamber of  Commerce released this Energy & Infrastructure Policy Thursday, June 13.

Otsego County has a diverse economy. Manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and tourism have been part of the economy for hundreds of years. Having a large part of the economy linked to these sectors, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce affirms that Otsego County requires a variety of energy sources to allow it to be both economically competitive and environmentally responsible.
To achieve these goals, the public and private sectors
must collaborate to ensure that needed energy and transmission infrastructure upgrades are implemented.

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